Shine On: Glossy Painted Floors

A floor painted in a lovely color is a literal platform for a beautiful space. But a glossy painted floor adds such dimension to a room, we think the concept deserves all the recognition it can get. Here, some of our favorite lustrous colored floors we’ve come across at Remodelista.

Above: In Li Edelkort’s Paris kitchen, the floors are painted in a glossy light gray, accentuating the textures of the dark and rough-hewn furniture elements while reflecting the natural outdoor light.

Above: The ultra glossy marine blue floor in this Scandinavian beach house brings the ocean indoors.

Above: The light-filled apartment of architect James Webb. “To increase the feeling of space, we whitewashed all surfaces, including the floor, which we painted in high-gloss white,” says Webb of his Amsterdam home.

Above: A New England glossy green spatter-painted floor (a favorite look of Remodelista contributing editor Justine) seen via Design Skool.

For more glossy paint inspiration, check out Remodelista’s posts Walls, Windows & Floors: White Painted Floor Roundup, Paints & Palettes: The Breslin at the NY Ace Hotel and Kitchen: Pure White.


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Kristina C.
Kristina C5 years ago

I love the floors - back home I have seen these floors quite a bit and I have also painted my worn out - not restorable woodfloor of my bedroom here in the U.S. in a glossy very dark grey (almost black) and it looks great - it just wears and has to be redone probably every 2-3 years - since I don't wish to put any clear coat over it.

Carol P.
Carol P6 years ago

Not sure what is environmentally friendly about this.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

I love how it bounces the light around.

Lisa G.
Lisa Gutierrez6 years ago

Love these ideas!

Ingo S.
Ingo Schreiner6 years ago

it works

Rita White
Rita White6 years ago

thanks for sharing

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

I painted area rugs on My painted floors.Every body Loved how ABSOLUTELY one of a kind my floors were.I was reminded of my green sun room floor by YOUR green picture.On the green field I painted a creamy yellow rug with pink peonys and a scolloped edge (use a saucer --or a cup to draw your scollops with a pencil) When it was about half dry my kitty walked around apparently smelling the peonys.Her yellow paw prints on the green floor were SO CUTE!

Trudi Gray
Trudi Gray6 years ago

Personally, I prefer the comfort of carpet under my feet.....bare boards, however you cut it, are cold and noisy..also, that lovely glossy finish will look like crap in 6 months or less, presuming that ,like everyone else on the planet, you actually LIVE in the room in question.....just let the cats have a mad half-hour on one such floor, have a Labrador using it as a slide( or even toddlers doing much the same), and the damage will be INSTANT.

Merrily L.
La Loba L6 years ago

I love the look, and would love to do something like this on our porches. But, we live in Hawaii, and get almost daily rainfall, so I can only think this looks VERY dangerously slippery!
Is there a product that you can put over this glossy paint, to help preserve it, AND make it non-slip?